By Harriet Ernstsons Monday 02 September 2013 Updated: 03/09 16:43
AN ALEXANDRA Hospital worker ended up in hospital himself after attempting a 24-hour race.
Glen Lee was 52 miles into the Joust event in aid of Sense when he spotted blood in his urine and attended A&E, to be told was seriously ill with kidney failure.
The 39-year-old materials assistant, who managed 11 hours of the event before he fell ill, is now on the mend but is hoping to continuing raising money for the charity as well as raising awareness of the important of thorough training for endurance events.
He said: "I've been active and I've run this sort of distance a couple of times in the past. But this year I had pain in my knee and it meant I couldn't train as much as I should have. I was really committed to the charity, I was proud to be representing them and I didn’t want to back out, so I started the race anyway.
"I took painkillers for my knee, and that added to the strain on my body. My kidneys were under huge pressure, and I ended up being admitted to hospital with kidney failure. I was lucky to recognise the symptoms of passing blood when I went to the bathroom, and I got to A&E in time.
"I was cared for by the staff on ward 11, and they were amazing. At one point we were worried there would be permanent damage, and the support I had from everyone helped me enormously. I am getting better now and I am so glad.
"Endurance racing is becoming more and more popular, but I want my story to be a lesson to anyone thinking of entering this type of event. I don't regret doing it for a minute, but you need to do the training and build yourself up properly, it's absolutely essential."
Visit www.justgiving.com/Glen-Lee1 to donate.
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